Originally from Montréal, Martine graduated from McGill University with her PhD, having obtained two Master’s degrees (Université de Montréal, McGill).
Martine has been in managerial and leadership positions for many years. She began her career with the Canadian Red Cross Society (Toronto) and the American Red Cross in Washington, DC, leading international development and humanitarian relief projects. She then moved to Ottawa to take up a Senior Policy position with the Canadian International Development Agency, where she was also invited by the Minister for External Relations to be part of a five-member Special Ministerial Task Force on Official Development Assistance.
Following her move to Nova Scotia, she was appointed Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Royal Commission on Health Care, which conducted a major review of NS’s health care system, and presented its reform agenda for a transformation of the health system. She was subsequently invited by the Minister of Health to head the Provinces’ Reform Implementation Working Group, and then became the founding Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Provincial Health Council. In 1992, she founded North South Group, which managed large international projects, with multidisciplinary teams, in Bolivia, the Russian Federation, Baltic and Eastern European countries, together with multiple projects for Health Canada and Nova Scotia Department of Health.
She has been teaching in the School of Public Administration since 1996, and in 2010 became Director of the Centre for Advanced Management Education. She has also directed several international projects at Dalhousie, including three major Cuba projects focusing on strengthening the public policy and management capacity of Cuban public officials. She is the recipient of a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Knowledge Synthesis grant, and has published in the field of e-leadership. She teaches in the Master of Public Administration (Management) program, and her courses include Government Structure and Organisation, and 21st C Public Sector Leadership.